Our work in Colombia

NHRF's Colombia Office

The NHRF has from the secretariat in Oslo worked extensively and strategically in Colombia for three decades, establishing long-term relationships, partnerships and networks with relevant actors in the human rights field and in civil society in general, with excellent results. Through a new agreement with the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá, we will continue our work to support frontline human rights defenders and the Colombian civil society.

In the spring of 2020, the NHRF established an office in Bogotá to increase the support to Colombian civil society organizations at a crucial time in the country’s history, through open calls for proposals based on thorough in-country context analysis and needs assessment for frontline human rights defenders’ and civil society work. The establishment of the Colombia Office has enabled us to increase close monitoring and follow-up of the grantees and to ensure targeted, fit-for-purpose capacity building. Grantmaking is focused in three thematic areas that were determined according to our current country strategy for Colombia.

The NHRF works with three strategic areas in Colombia:

  • The peace process and access to justice for victims
  • Security protection and guarantees for human rights defenders
  • Work for access to and protection of land, territory and environmental rights

The current Colombia portfolio consists of 21 active projects – 18 projects approved with the grant from the Norwegian Embassy in Bogotá, and three ongoing projects from 2019. 78 % of the projects are within NHRF’s strategic area 1 (Peace process and victim’s rights), 61 % in strategic area 2 (security protection and guarantees for HRDs) and 33 % in strategic area 3 (land and environmental rights). The portfolio will increase as more calls will be carried out the next few years.

Articles and updates

Five years since the signing of "hope" in Colombia

The peace agreement that put an end to more than five decades of conflict with one of the oldest guerrillas in the region is currently experiencing a moment of uncertainty due to the lack of implementation of the agreed points.

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Colombia: Organisations develop a general balance of women's peace and security context five years after the signing of the Peace Agreement

More than 20 Colombian organisations joined a context analysis session on the situation of women and the implementation of the Peace Agreement in the country. The online meeting, hosted by the Norwegian Human Rights Fund (hereafter NHRF), took place on September 20, 2021.

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“We want to know where they are”

Enforced disappearance is a global problem, and one that is often governed by a single principle: to cause fear among the population. The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is an opportunity to recognize the human rights defenders who support families and friends of forcibly disappeared persons in their search for the truth.

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